For many in the Hip-Hop community, the creative life force that is Dapper Dan stands as the heart of its relationship with fashion.
Responsible for the looks and styles sported by many a fashion-forward musician in the 80s and 90s, the visionary saw his art receive a fresh dose of his life when one of his creations became a meme on social media.
Little did he know that the boys and girls of Instagram weren’t the only ones “liking” his work.
For, much to the horror of his supporters, the fashion house Gucci seems to have “borrowed” his idea to support their ‘Gucci Cruise’ collection.
Confused, some took to social media to criticise the company.
this hits home, especially after viewing Gucci's resort collection & seeing absolutely no credits towards the style icon Dapper Dan. pic.twitter.com/7ZNwgaLlaD
— Brown Girl Alchemy (@amberjfinney) May 30, 2017
Is Gucci gonna, say, pay Dapper Dan to license that design? Or is it just one of those feel-good unpaid homages on which businesses thrive
— Matthew Schneier (@MatthewSchneier) May 30, 2017
On the left Dapper Dan creation circa 1980 something, then on right Gucci cruise 18'….. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/0O8OQsR769
— Shelton Boyd (@flyrebel) May 29, 2017
— D Bruze (@darienbruze) May 30, 2017